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The Local Workforce Development System

The North Central Workforce Development Council is comprised of business leaders, educators, economic development specialists, and government representatives throughout Chelan, Douglas, Grant, Adams, and Okanogan counties. WorkSource is Washington state’s brand for the coordinated menu of employment and training programs available to serve the various needs of regional businesses and job seekers.

Over the past years, there has been a concerted effort to develop One Stop Centers throughout the region, housing all workforce agencies and development organizations under one roof. The goal is to better serve customers and further integrate services provided by each individual organization. One Stop Centers are now open in Okanogan and Grant counties.

Workforce development organizations in the region work with secondary schools as well as community colleges (Wenatchee Valley College and Big Bend Community College) to provide training and education opportunities for adults and youth in transition. Additionally, Learning Centers and alternative high schools help youth who have difficulty succeeding in traditional school environments to earn high school diplomas or GEDs.

There is a wide variety of programs available to adults and youth in transition, ranging from apprenticeship programs, to worker retraining programs for dislocated workers, to adult education and literacy courses. Employers throughout the region also invest in training for employees, which has been shown to increase retention rates and help workers advance.